Sen. Rockefeller retirement will leave a seat that was Democratic blue open in a deeply Republican red state of West Virginia. #Congress—
Suzanne Kianpour (@KianpourWorld) January 11, 2013
Another Dem Beltway-clinger is on his way out.
Five-term Sen. Jay Rockefeller will not seek a sixth term in 2014.
Is the West Virginia seat in play for the GOP now that Rockefeller is retiring?
Not everyone thinks this will be an easy win for the GOP.
But many think a GOP pickup is possible.
Rep. Shelley Moore Capito has already announced her intention to run for the seat.
But it looks like she’s in for a primary battle:
The Senate Conservatives Fund is vowing to find a more conservative option for the race.
We’re not going to stop looking for a conservative challenger in this race until the primary is over. The voters in West Virginia get to decide who represents them and they should have a conservative choice.
One parting message for the GOP:
Democrat Nick Rahall may throw his hat in the ring.